Bourama Sidibe's inside game is attracting a growing number of offers. West Virginia recently got on board with a scholarship tender, joining schools such as Syracuse, Kansas State, Maryland, Seton Hall, SMU and Arizona State.
"I don't know a lot about [West Virginia] yet," Sidibe said in an exchange of text messages with BlueGoldNews.com. "I did get an offer, and I plan to visit when I get back."
Sidibe was in Mali during the summer break, but will come back to the states to play his final season at St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J. Last year he averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds while displaying a strong game in the paint defensively and around the rim on offense.
Sidibe is still very raw in terms of a classic post offensive game, but he shows very good hands in various highlight videos. He runs the floor well and catches the ball on the run, and typically attacks the rim with force. He does have a habit of taking an unnecessary power dribble at times -- something that will have to be eliminated on the college level -- but his ability to catch the ball cleanly is an important factor for a big man. He also flashes the ability to hit a 10-12 foot jumper.
On the defensive side, Sidibe's timing is excellent. He doesn't jump too soon on shot block attempts, and rejects his fair share of tries in the lane. He's also a solid rebounder, and that should improve as he adds strength his frame. He led the 2014 adidas Nations event with 54 rebounds in six games, and that included competition against players such as Thon Maker and Jaylen Brown.
Due to his late arrival to the U.S. and his relatively low summer profile, Sidibe is something of a late bloomer in recruiting circles. His reclassification from the Class of 2016 to 2017 may have also contributed to the lack of offers, but he's making up for lost time. West Virginia hopes to get into the mix more strongly when Sidibe visits later this year.
Scout.com Evaluation: An intriguing 6-foot-9 post prospect out of New Jersey. Sidibe has good size and length for the position. He runs the floor well and is a good athlete. He brings value as a shot blocker and has good instincts and timing. He's also a very good area rebounder that pursues the ball well off the rim. Offensively, Sidibe is limited, at least at this stage, and doesn't have a go-to move on the block. With that said, he's productive from a rebounding and defending standpoint.